Charity stripe misses end Vermillion’s season

Charity stripe misses end Vermillion's season by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers ended up on the wrong side of a fourth-quarter rally and dropped a close decision to the Dakota Valley Panthers 55-53 in boys' basketball March 4 at home in the first round of the District 8A tournament.

The Vermillion varsity had led by seven after the third quarter.

"Well, I'm not sure what to say," said Vermillion varsity coach Jason Huska. "We did everything we needed to win except hit our freethrows. It's a tough loss and all I feel is the pain those kids went through after the game. We had a successful season and no one can take that away. I'm very proud of our kids."

The contest was well-played, with the Tanagers committing only 9 turnovers and the Panthers committing only 7.

The Tanagers trailed 14-11 after the opening period, went into the locker room up 28-24 at halftime, and then led 38-31 after the third period.

The loss ended Vermillion's season at a record of 13-7. Dakota Valley upped its mark to 7-13.

Vermillion sank 5 of 18 three-point attempts and connected on 16 of 31 free throw attempts. The Tanagers hit 16 of 43 from the field, while Dakota Valley was 19 of 41 from the field. Dakota Valley sank 5 of 18 three-point attempts and sank 12 of 15 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Adam Brunick, 13, Chad Teigen, 12, Tyler Brown, 10, Dave Yutrzenka, 9, Nathan Boots, 7, Ben Oberle, 2. Rebounds � Yutrzenka, 9, Collin Prosser, 5. Assists � Brown, 5. Steals � Prosser, 3.

Individual Stats, Dakota Valley: Scoring � Alex Nelson, 24, Jeremy Gunnel, 21, Charlie Hildebrand, 6, Anthony Howard, 4. Rebounds � Gunnel, 11, Hildebrand, 5. Assists � Nelson, 4.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 28, Dakota Valley � 32. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 13, Dakota Valley � 24.

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